Moby Makes DJ Mix of Upcoming Album Available for Free

February 13, 2008 1:12 PM ET

Moby's new album Last Night doesn't come out until April 1st (no fooling!), but he's providing a taste of the new project via a free DJ mix. The diminutive dance maven has teamed up with online music site RCRD LBL to serve up a gratis download of an eight minute dance mash-up of highlights from the upcoming record. Last Night, a dance-focused four-on-the-floor album, represents something of a return to form for Moby, whose last two albums have been relatively laid back affairs. To get a taste of what's to come from the mind of Moby, click here.

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